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Jul 23, 2014

U.S. to Internet providers: We are watching your speed promises

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. communications
regulators on Wednesday reminded Internet service providers to
promise consumers only the speed and quality of service that
they actually deliver, or face penalties.

In an advisory, the Federal Communications Commission urged
both fixed and wireless Internet service providers (ISPs) to
comply with regulations that say the companies must be clear and
accurate in the information they tell consumers about their
broadband services.

Jul 18, 2014

With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday.

The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to these first submissions, until Sept. 10 as it weighs how best to regulate the way Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic crossing their networks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules in April after a federal court struck down the FCC’s previous version of such rules in January.

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. FCC extends 1st deadline to comment on net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday pushed back to July 18 the first deadline to submit comments on the agency’s proposed new Internet traffic rules after a surge in traffic overwhelmed its online filing system.

Companies, consumer advocates, lawmakers and citizens had sent nearly 680,000 comments on the FCC’s proposed so-called net neutrality rules — which guide how Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic on their networks — as the deadline for first comments approached on Tuesday.

Jul 7, 2014

FCC names heads of Comcast/TWC, AT&T/DirecTV deal reviews

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – AFederal Communications Commission lawyer will lead the agency’s review of the proposed merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, while an external lawyer will join to lead the review of AT&T Inc’s bid for DirecTV, the FCC said on Monday.

Hillary Burchuk, a former lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division who joined the FCC in 2011, will head the agency’s working team reviewing the proposed $45.2 billion merger between two largest U.S. cable providers, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The team will also review Comcast’s related deal with Charter Communications Inc.

Jun 26, 2014

China cyber crime cooperation stalls after U.S. hacking charges

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Fledging cooperation between
the United States and China on fighting cyber crime has ground
to a halt since the recent U.S. indictment of Chinese military
officials on hacking charges, a senior U.S. security official
said on Thursday.

At the same time, there has been no decline in Chinese
hackers’ efforts to break into U.S. networks, the official said.

Jun 25, 2014

AT&T tells lawmakers DirecTV deal won’t guarantee lower prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers grilled AT&T Inc and DirecTV on Tuesday over a proposed merger that some Democrats and public interest groups fear will result in higher costs and less competition.

The chief executives of the No. 2 wireless carrier and the largest U.S. satellite TV service provider testified about their proposed $48.5 billion deal at hearings in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and said the scale the merger would allow them to save on the high costs of negotiating rights to video content.

Jun 24, 2014

AT&T tells US lawmakers DirecTV deal is not Comcast/Time Warner

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s proposed
merger with DirecTV does not compare with other mergers
shaking up the telecommunications industry because the companies
largely provide different services, AT&T’s chief executive told
lawmakers on Tuesday.

“This is not Comcast/Time Warner, this is not two cable
companies getting together, this is not Sprint and T-Mobile,”
CEO Randall Stephenson said at a hearing on the proposed $48.5
billion merger before a House Judiciary Committee panel.

Jun 24, 2014

DirecTV to U.S. lawmakers on AT&T deal: broadband ‘changing everything’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DirecTV’s chief executive officer told lawmakers on Tuesday that the largest U.S. satellite television provider needs to merge with AT&T Inc so that it can offer Internet service to consumers that is critical to remaining competitive.

“We’ve competed aggressively by delivering more high-definition channels, a clearer picture … than cable,” CEO Michael White said at a hearing on the proposed $48.5 billion merger before the House Judiciary Committee.

Jun 20, 2014

U.S. FCC to vote in July on Internet subsidy changes for schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on July 11 on proposed changes to a subsidy program aimed at improving wireless Internet in schools and libraries nationwide without spending more, the agency said on Friday.

The five-member FCC will vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to begin transitioning the largest U.S. education technology program, E-Rate, to focus entirely on high-speed Internet services and to better use its current funding on new technology.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. says cable, fiber Internet speeds mostly as hyped; DSL lags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. cable and fiber Internet providers generally deliver the download speeds they advertise, though not consistently, while DSL connections increasingly fail to meet promised speeds, the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.

The agency has been testing download and upload speeds of top Internet service providers (ISPs) yearly since 2011, but this year for the first time also assessed how likely consumers were to get speeds as advertised.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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